UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits Malawi – 17th to 19th June 2015

Jun 15, 2015

UNDP Administrator Ms Helen Clark. Photo: UNDP HQ

Lilongwe, 14th June 2015 – Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will travel to Malawi for a three day visit from Wednesday to Friday this week (17th – 19th June, 2015). Ms. Clark, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, is also Chairperson of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG)—a committee consisting of heads of all UN agencies, funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

She is visiting Malawi to engage with senior government officials, parliamentarians and civil society organisations (CSOs) in high level discussions on key development issues in the country, including the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be considered for adoption by the UN General Assembly in New York in September this year to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Malawi is one of 50 countries which were selected to conduct national consultations on priorities and means of implementation for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

On Thursday, Ms. Clark will meet His Excellency the President Arthur Peter Mutharika in Lilongwe to discuss the UN’s support towards critical reform processes, inclusive growth, the SDGs and the national development planning process.

During the visit, Ms. Clark will also participate in the launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report on Malawi floods at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) and hold a Public Lecture with Parliamentarians and CSOs on SDGs at the Parliament Building on Thursday.

Further, she will participate in discussions on the economic vision for Malawi’s transformation with Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Goodall Gondwe, UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) Chief Economist Stefan Dercon, Head of DfID in Malawi Ms. Jen Marshall, UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Mia Seppo and other stakeholders.

Ms. Clark will hold a closing press briefing on Friday at 10:30 am at UNDP offices in Lilongwe where she will interact with journalists before her departure.

This is the third visit to Malawi by the UNDP Administrator after she also visited the country in October 2012 on an official country visit and in July 2013 for the Lancet Commission meeting.

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